Titans lock up Ryan Succop ahead of free agency

The Tennessee Titans and kicker Ryan Succop have agreed to a Ryan Succop Jersey multiyear extension, the team announced.
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Succop, 31, was set to become a free agent in March. He expressed gratitude and excitement over the deal in a post on his Instagram account.

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When healthy, he’s a dynamic slot presence who can stretch the field and develop a strong rapport with a talented quarterback. He can thrive in the right situation 鈥?especially if he cuts back on the drops that have haunted him throughout his four-year NFL career.

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Attaochu was only 21 years old when the Chargers made him the 50th overall pick of the 2014 NFL draft. He was primed for a breakout after notching six sacks in 12 starts in 2015, but injuries have derailed his upward rise. Georgia Tech’s all-time sack leader has only played in 38 games in his four-year career 鈥?albeit with a handful of healthy scratches last fall 鈥?and will be a major question mark for whoever signs him as a free agent this offseason.

Despite McCourty’s contention, one Patriots defensive starter reiterated to ESPN’s Josina Anderson on Monday that he definitely didn’t know that Butler wasn’t going to play in the Super Bowl. The starter and one teammate previously told Anderson on Feb. 5 that they weren’t made aware of the Patriots’ plan for Butler.

There are not highlight videos of players missing a bunch of shots or dunks in practice for a reason 鈥?it’s not exciting, but it’s more representative of how training and the real game goes than the highlights of someone making 10 shots in a row or doing a reverse-under-the-leg dunk. What we see all too often in All-Star Weekend is the truth.

Maybe there is a magical way to fix the weekend 鈥?a format that will make things more competitive, make players more potent from the three and more successful in their ambitious dunks. But as long as there’s nothing to play for and shooting from the three and dunking the ball creatively are still hard, then this unimpressive outcome will be the standard.

Additionally, the NFL’s claim this week to be apolitical is preposterous.

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McVay has injected a swagger into this team, quarterback Jared Goff is vastly improved from his rookie year (his passer rating of 112.2 is third-best in the NFL) and running back Todd Gurley is playing like one of the best at his position (he’s had 100-plus rushing yards in back-to-back games after going the previous 26 games with only one).
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Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA. It’s not a lock that Jason Peters is the same player after suffering an ACL and MCL tear in 2017, which is a major injury for any player not to mention a guy who will be 36 when the 2018 season begins. Whether Peters returns or not, the Eagles should be thinking long-term about the tackle spot, and that means drafting a quality right-tackle prospect like Miller and shifting Lane Johnson to the left side.
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Didn’t matter that three times this postseason, Cubs second baseman Javier Baez was seen posing near home when he should’ve been running 锟斤拷 FOX’s John Smoltz, during Game 2 of the NLCS, admired his maturity.

And CBS’ otherwise sharp Trent Green, late in Ravens-Giants, became the latest to fall for non-context math. He twice claimed that had the Ravens earlier kicked a field goal on fourth-and-goal from the 2, they now would be down only one point, rather than four, and in position to take the lead with a field goal.

Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma. Given that the Bills have back-to-back picks at 21 and 22, it’s entirely possible they shoot up in the draft to grab a Lamar Jackson or Josh Allen. But if they stand pat, Mayfield is likely the best they can hope for to address the position if they move on from Tyrod Taylor during the offseason. Mayfield has an excellent arm and should be a good fit in Rick Dennison’s offense in Buffalo, though he’s far from a finished product and will likely go through some growing pains in Year 1.

Gee, what if they played all the national anthems? Maryland’s state-funded men’s basketball team includes players from Bosnia, Slovakia, Angola, Canada, Nigeria, Spain and Mexico. Apparently, the university can’t find any student-athletes in Maryland who could use a basketball scholarship.

Legacy of Bill Belichick, Tom Brady untarnished by Super Bowl 52 loss

Bill Belichick and Tom Brady were denied a sixth Super Bowl championship together.
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But that does not diminish at all what they’ve been able to accomplish over 18 seasons in New England.

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The 65-year-old coach and 40-year-old quarterback were asked about their futures during Super Bowl week and both vowed to return next season. There will be changes 锟斤拷 coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia are both expected to take head coaching jobs, and tight end Rob Gronkowski is contemplating retirement at the age of 28. But the Patriots still have talent on both sides of the ball and should get a healthy Julian Edelman back at receiver next season.

The two teams combined for 673 yards in the first half. Brady was over 400 yards before the end of the third quarter and threatened the all-time mark for passing yards in any game, held by Norm Van Brocklin (554)..
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The Eagles marched down the field on the opening series, but settled for a field goal despite a great catch by Torrey Smith, who finished with five receptions for 49 yards.

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At 42, after nine years in the NFL, running back Brandon Gold wakes up in pain, sometimes hardly able to move. When he went for an MRI, the doctors asked, What kind of car accident were you in?

Gronk’s charisma and fun-loving personality have created opportunities for him to carve a new professional life in the entertainment industry.

He wouldn’t be heading there hat-in-hand, either. Gronkowski wrote in 2015 that he hadn’t spent a dime of his football salary, instead using money from endorsements to pay for a lifestyle that is obviously comfortable but not overly luxurious by NFL standards.

Besides his regular-season accomplishments, Gronkowski is the most prolific tight end in postseason history. He padded those stats against Philadelphia with nine catches for 116 yards and two second-half touchdowns.

The abnormal intelligence of new Lions coach Matt Patricia, who has a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, is well-documented. But perhaps Patriots coach Bill Belichick captured his now former defensive coordinator’s aptitude best in 2015.

“This guy could probably build a plane and fly it,” Belichick told NESN.

In a way, that’s what Patricia will be doing in Detroit. The 43-year-old’s first NFL head coaching job presents an opportunity for him to construct and lead a contender for a franchise that has not won a playoff game in more than 27 years. And there’s reason to believe Patriciaget the Lions flying at maximum altitude soon.

Browner went on several (profane) Instagram rants Monday to criticize the move.

Man, Bill wasn’t right at all tonight, man. I ain’t know how to feel watching that s— without my man, without my homie, without Malcolm. I didn’t know whether to cheer for they ass. Feel me … That dude has started every game for that team. Feel me. Since he picked the f—ing ball off and he was taking on their number one dude at that.

That s— was some power trip shit, feel me? Like to prove a point. They felt like they had the quarterback to do it with. We don’t need you as a cornerback. Man, you play every game of the season but the Super Bowl. I can’t rock with that. That was a bulls— ass call. That was a bulls— ass decision. That was a power trip.

You divide the locker room when you do that. Motherf—ers find out [when] a n— ain’t playing before the game. You divide the locker room. Cats says they rocking with Malcolm and cats say they rocking with the coach’s decision.bills_029

Odell Beckham Jr. is ready to move on to bigger and better things.

The Giants wide receiver will play on the fifth-year option of his rookie contract when he enters the 2018 season, but he is seeking a new deal with New York instead.

“I think we have an understanding of what we want to do,” Beckham said. “Just to talk to him and being with a guy who just loves football, I watched what he did in Minnesota and it was exciting, so I’m definitely looking forward to that.”

Beckham, 25, missed 12 games this season due to injury and finished with 25 catches for 302 yards and three touchdowns. He previously had at least 90 catches, 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns in each of his first three seasons.

Moss is the first receiver since Jerry Rice in 2010 to get inducted in his first year of eligibility.

Dawkins gets in after being passed over last year in his first year of eligibility. One of the most versatile defensive backs in NFL history, “Weapon X” was a nine-time Pro Bowler and five-time first-team All-Pro selection. Dawkins had 778 tackles with 26 sacks, 28 forced fumbles and 37 interceptions over a 16-year career. He spent 13 of those seasons with the Eagles before finishing his career with the Broncos.

Schaub had only started two games during his three seasons in Atlanta. The Chargers traded Charlie Whitehurst to the Seahawks in 2010 for a 2011 third-round pick. A swap of 2010 second-round picks was also made with the Chargers moving from 60th to 40th. Whitehurst hadn’t thrown any regular-season passes when dealt.

Why the trade won’t happen: There isn’t any urgency for the Bengals to trade McCarron, especially to an in-state division rival. The Bengals control McCarron’s rights next year and could get a 2018 first-round pick in return with an offer sheet that isn’t matched.

Trade compensation: 2017 second-round pick (42nd overall) and a conditional 2018 fourth-round pick (becomes third-round pick if Butler is named to Pro Bowl on the original ballot or second round pick if first-team All-Pro)

Instead, security advised that final rehearsals were closed to everyone.

“We had heard that they were experimenting on some sort of elaborate production,” the relative added.
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Whatever frustration the Warriors were experiencing in the closing minutes evaporated once the final buzzer sounded.

Andrew Wiggins scored a season-high 40 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves hung on to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 126-118 on Monday night, snapping their four-game road skid.

LA Clippers head coach Doc Rivers and Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau believe the NBA should expand its All-Star rosters to 15 players on each side and would like to see the All-Star Game draft televised.

“He complained bitterly about not getting the football. He stormed out of the locker room — get this, after wins — because he hadn’t gotten what he deemed to be enough carries. And, oh yes, he didn’t exactly light it up on the field,” Salguero wrote Wednesday.

The 7-1 Eagles already ranked fifth in the league in rushing at 129.2 yards per game, with LeGarrette Blount leading the way with 467 rushing yards at a 4.7-yards-per-carry clip. Ajayi will add to that and give Philadelphia better pass protection out of the backfield. With five running backs now on their roster, the Eagles probably will have to let one go. Blount or Corey Clement would be the best bets, though Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports says Blount isn’t going anywhere.

The team was ecstatic to be completing this five-game, cold-weather road trip, the final extended trip of the season. In the locker room, veteran David West asked a PR official how many games they were up on the Rockets, and when given the answer, he replied, “Yeah, we’re good.”

That’s how the Warriors felt Saturday night.

Cousins also again responded to the suggestion that Washington’s problem Thursday night was a lack of effort or insufficient preparation.

“I would just disagree,” he said, citing the way the team moved the ball on its first two drives, before the tipped-ball interception. “We go right down the field, and we have an unfortunate play [involving] a guy who for us has caught so many tough passes and made plays up and down the field for us for three years now. You know, we just had a tough play. It’s not caught.”cowboys_096

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Coach Bill O’Brien opened his postgame news conference with a statement in which he said that, in his 25 years of coaching, nothing has been more important than the health of his players. “I love our players,” he said and went on to explain that Savage said he was evaluated and cleared to return, but that he underwent another evaluation after he returned because “because of what they saw.” O’Brien did not elaborate on what that might have meant.

“They try to make the best decision for the player,” O’Brien said. “Whatever they see and the testing that they do they try to make the best decision with the player and they weren’t satisfied with the results of the second test so they decided to pull him, and that’s when he went into the locker room.”

Since then, the Pats have participated in Super Bowl Sunday 47 percent of the time. FYI: Four NFL franchises have never been to a single Super Bowl. Brady and Belichick each own the most Lombardi Trophies (five) in NFL history for a quarterback and head coach, respectively. If — sorry, when — they beat the Philadelphia Eagles two Sundays from now, Brady and Belichick will tie Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson with six titles as a player-coach combo. The Pats will also be going back-to-back, which will make them the first NFL franchise to accomplish such a feat since … New England in 2003 and ’04.

Think of every college basketball program as a point and the record of any school against another as the connection between those points.

But nobody talked about, ‘This is a tradeoff.’ There was nothing in the meeting … with the players. There was no conversation about that with the ownership just now. It was really: How do move this to progress? And it’s not trying to trade off to get somebody to stand up. You want to make sure that people feel compelled to do what they feel comfortable with.”

The social activism agreement is subject to final approval by the owners. It would provide about $90 million of funding from the onset of the program through 2023 to causes identified by a joint group of players, owners and league officials.cowboys_061

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has said he believes the league has treated Elliott unfairly.

When asked to explain his frustration, Gronkowski said, “He was trying to push me a little bit . . . I just don’t understand why there wasn’t a flag. A couple times in the game. They are calling me for the craziest, craziest stuff ever and it’s just like, crazy. I mean, like what am I supposed to do? And then they don’t call that, I mean. It was just frustration and that’s what happened.”

Given the NFL’s concussion crisis, it is no shock to see Gronk have to sit out one game as the league cracks down on hits to the head. Earlier this season, the Chicago Bears’ Danny Trevathan was suspended two games (reduced to one on appeal) for a helmet-to-helmet hit to the head of the Green Bay Packers’ Davante Adams. Gronkowski complained that refs never flag defensive players when they hold him. Asked whether he was growing frustrated over the past couple of games, he replied: “Over the past couple of seven years.”

Jones has threatened to fellow owners to take legal action to try to block Goodell’s pending contract extension. Other owners attribute Jones’s actions to his anger over Elliott’s suspension, although Jones’s associates say the two are not related and Jones merely is acting on his long-held belief that owners have overpaid Goodell and all owners should be involved in negotiating the commissioner’s contract. The NFL and several others within the league say they expect Goodell’s five-year extension through 2024 to be completed in the coming months despite Jones’s threat of legal action.

The Vikings have the momentum from the “Minneapolis Miracle” and the feeling of being a team of destiny after that fantastic finish to beat the Saints. Minnesota is a better team than Atlanta — the Vikings beat the Falcons in Atlanta this season. The Vikings have the league’s top-ranked defense and a solid offense directed by Keenum in a career season and an underrated receiving corps led by Pro Bowler Adam Thielen and last week’s hero Stefon Diggs, along with an excellent tight end in Kyle Rudolph.

The Vikings’ offensive line needs to open some holes in the running game against the league’s No.1 rush defense so the offense can be somewhat balanced. They also need to protect Keenum better than they did in the second half against the Saints, but Keenum does a good job of stepping up to avoid pressure and can run when necessary.

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Ranking QB Kirk Cousins’ best options in NFL free agency

Kirk Cousins, going on three offseasons, is a highly coveted commodity in NFL free agency. Although the top free-agent quarterback is willing to sign his tender should he be franchise-tagged by the Redskins for a third consecutive time, that’s unlikely to happen at a $34.47 million price tag for 2018.

It makes no sense for Washington to use two-thirds of its $52 million-plus in cap space to keep Cousins just for ’18. His age should make the Redskins hesitate to pay him long-term now, too, and Gruden, firmly on the hot seat, is unlikely to keep attaching his tenure to a QB who frustrated him often in ’17. Picking No. 13 overall in April, the Redskins will be in the wheelhouse for a preferred prospect at the position. It’s smarter for their focus to be there, anyway.

According to a person familiar with the NFL’s deliberations, the league believes that Burfict’s suspension is warranted under the new directive. It also believes that Burfict’s suspension would have been warranted even without the new measure given it was an illegal hit, in the NFL’s view, delivered by a player with a long history of on-field infractions. Discipline also might have been warranted based merely on the unnecessary roughness of the hit, in the league’s view. So, to the NFL, it was a straightforward decision and a relatively easy call.

Burfict is appealing the penalty, and the Bengals are offering public support.

“The Bengals are aware of the NFL’s letter to Vontaze regarding a play in last weekend’s game,” a written statement issued by the team said. “The film shows that the hit was legal, that Vontaze engaged his opponent from the front, and that contact was shoulder-to-chest. The Club will support Vontaze in the appeal process.”

Burfict also says the hit is legal.

Among owners, there appears to be no unanimity of opinion. Jerry Jones has said that any member of his Dallas Cowboys who does not stand for the anthem will be benched and Stephen Ross of the Miami Dolphins feels the same way. (The Cowboys do not play this weekend.) However, Ross’s coach, Adam Gase, gave his players permission to remain in the tunnel during the anthem and Michael Thomas, Julian Thomas and Kenny Stils, who have long protested, remained there Sunday.cowboys_002

Ryder Pfau gave South Fork an early lead draining two 3-pointers early the first quarter and finished with 7 total points.

And when Adam Schefter reported the bungled deal, the Browns looked a lot worse. I am left with this thought: I do not see how, unless there’s a reversal of play by the Browns down the stretch of this season, owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam are going to let all front-office members return in 2018. This non-trade is a major disgrace, even by the standards of the Browns.

While the Chiefs offense struggled without their leading receiver, the Titans (10-7) opened the second half with a 15-play, 91-yard drive that ended with Marcus Mariota completing a 6-yard touchdown pass to himself.

The Chiefs (10-7) couldn’t put the Titans away as Kareem Hunt, who led the NFL in rushing, was limited to just 41 yards on 10 carries by Tennessee’s fourth-ranked rush defense.

The Chiefs thought they had a game-winning score late as Derrick Johnson picked up an apparent Henry fumble and returned it for a touchdown. But Henry was clearly down and then ripped off a 22-yard run two plays later to seal the win. The Titans offensive line dominated Kansas City’s defensive front in the second half and Tennessee controlled the clock during the comeback.

Make no mistake, though: When Stefon left Maryland as a junior and declared in each of his interviews at the 2015 NFL scouting combine, “I’m the best receiver in this draft, just so you know”—that wasn’t just Aron talking. This cocksuredness comes as much from Stephanie, who was in Tampa last January to watch Trevon play for the CFP championship when she ran into Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome. “You didn’t pick my son,” she blurted out. “They should fire your ass!”

The truth: Even the Vikings weren’t quite sure what they had after drafting Diggs in the fifth round. His time at Maryland had been marked by instability under center (he caught passes from multiple QBs every season, including from a true freshman converted linebacker one year); freak injuries (a broken right leg in 2013, a lacerated kidney in ’14); bursts of magic (among the witnesses to his 100-yard opening kickoff return against Virginia as a freshman was Vikings GM Rick Spielman); and vague murmurs about his immaturity. “His reputation was that he could be off the reservation,” says Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer, “that you were going to have to kick him in the butt.”

But as it turns out, those 25 seconds were more than enough. Case Keenum hit Stefon Diggs for a 61-yard touchdown, and the Vikings escaped with a 29-24 victory — a victory that didn’t end up coming down to a heartbreaking field goal.patriots_380_76467b46d578ec01-180x180